Flowers for Algernon BlogPosted by Mandi Klimpel on 11/7/2019
After you finish reading the novel, choose two of the following questions and type your solid paragraph responses using the ftsd.org/klimpelm blog forum. Register using your ftbroncs email is best, but as this is an open forum, please make sure your username is simply your first name last initial. After posting your initial responses, you must respond to at least two classmates’ (1A and 3A combined) posts. Your initial posts must be submitted by Wednesday, November 13th at 12 PM. Your responses must be posted by Friday, November 15th at 12 PM.
- Do you think that Charlie’s writing as a mentally disabled man at the beginning and end of the novel accurately represent the way a disabled person would really write? Defend your answer, and explain why you think these passages are written as they are.
- How has Charlie changed at the end of the novel? Is he different from the person he is at the beginning of the novel, and if so, how? Do you consider the novel’s ending to be tragic or inspiring?
- Does the novel make an absolute statement about the role of intelligence in human life, or does it simply explore this idea as an open-ended question?
- Compare and contrast the characters of Professor Nemur and Dr. Strauss. How do their reactions to Charlie’s intelligence differ? How do their approaches to science differ?
- How does the diary or journal-entry form of the novel affect the emphasis of the story? Is Charlie dependable as a narrator as he progresses through his various stages? Is Charlie capable of providing insight into the other characters, or is he too preoccupied with himself?
- How does Algernon function as an alter ego for Charlie? How does Algernon’s condition represent Charlie’s condition?